Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen – Ryo Fukui

Here’s a great bluesy piano transcription! This is Ryo Fukui’s solo rendition of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” off of the album, My Favorite Tune (1994). Lots of people have been asking for transcriptions of Ryo Fukui, so the is the first of many to come! This is a complete piano transcription, including both […]

“Something” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Here is the classical Beatles tune, “Something.” This was written for Miguel Zenón and the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1. It’s a beautiful, poignant arrangement, with lots of color.   “Something in the way she moves Attracts me like no other lover Something in the way she woos me I don’t want to leave her now […]

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Here is a fun arrangement of the classical Christmas song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Written for standard big band, this features a guitar and a sax solo. There are a few tricky meter changes, but the arrangement is not too difficult overall.   Instrumentation: 17-Piece Big Band — 5 Saxophones (2 Alto Saxes, 2 […]

“Center of Gravity” for Big Band – Score and Parts

“Center of Gravity” is an original composition of mine. I was inspired by my studies of airplanes and aviation, so I wrote a big band chart about it. It harmonically dense, very rhythmic, and pretty brisk. This is a challenging, but fun, chart.   Instrumentation: 17-Piece Big Band — 5 Saxophones (1 Soprano Sax, 1 […]

“Wave” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Here is an arrangement of the classic Jobim standard, “Wave.” It is written as a double feature for clarinet and trombone. However, it can also feature any other instrument, as long as he/she knows the tune.   (Note: The recording is missing the solo parts)   Instrumentation: Solo Clarinet, Solo Trombone, 17-Piece Big Band — […]

“Mint Julep” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Mint Julep is a classic swing tune, in the style of Thad Jones. I wrote it while I was participating in the 2015 Disneyland All-American College Band. The name comes from a drink served in the park at “Café Orleans” (a direct replica of Café du Monde). Thus, the piece should have a relaxed feel […]

“Daydreams” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Daydreams is a programmatic work—the piece should sound like a daydream. This is achieved through its melodies and textures. Each section represents a different thought, just as the mind wanders and drifts through one’s imagination. The various themes may seem incongruous at first, but they eventually converge, one being played on top of the other. […]

“Blackbird” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Blackbird is an arrangement of the classic Beatles tune. This song has always been very special to me, both in its meaning and in the emotions it conveys. My arrangement should be extremely high energy, in contrast to the original recording. Drums play a crucial role in this regard, setting the tone with a four […]

“Dark Matter” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Dark matter was first postulated to exist in the 1930s; however, this early evidence was not given much credence. It was not until the 1980s that dark matter began to make its foothold in the standard cosmological model. Astronomers have measured all of the observable mass and energy in the universe to an incredible degree […]